Bush trying to beat ‘bad environment’ for fundraising by enlisting his dad and Karl Rove for help.

bushrovef.jpg U.S. News reports that the “crumbling economy” has “slowed” President Bush’s drive to raise $500 million for his presidential library at Southern Methodist University. One Bush friend acknowledged, “It’s a bad environment.” U.S News reports that “Bush is taking no chances: He’s making donor calls himself, and even his dad, the 41st president, is helping out, as are former aides like Karl Rove. In the future, say associates, look for Bush to host fundraising events in order to meet a goal of completing construction in 2013. But for now, ‘he’s laying low,’ says one.”

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